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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Savage Beauty

The classicist electric blues of Milwaukee’s Perry Weber and the Devilles rocks the house. And the quartet has enough greasiness about their guitar, organ, harmonica and (occasional) pedal steel interplay that it’s easy to imagine them at the corner stage of a holein-the-wall bar. Weber’s adeptness at his six strings brings the same touch of coolness as his vintage sport coat. And whether plumbing Hank Williams Sr.’s “Your Cheatin’ Heart” or originals hailing women of varying sizes and temperaments, Weber and his Devilles put a fresh sheen on blues catharsis, from emotional devastation to boastful joy.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Local Music

EMC were in their tour van, en route to a Los Angeles concert this January, when they heard the news: A full two months before its official release date—and just four days after it had been mailed to the media— their debut album, The Show, had been leaked online. “We were angry, especially since we think we know who leaked it,” says Stricklin, the Milwaukee rapper who makes up the group along with veteran lyricists Punchline and Wordsworth and golden-age icon Masta Ace. “We rushed to the hotel so we could get an Internet connection and find out more.” Thanks to the Internet, you can watch the band work out their response to the leak in real time . . .
Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Hounds Tooth

This recording doesn’t create a new sound, and for that we’re thankful—especially at a time when so much music goes to extremes for its own sake, but forgets about the basics. The debut by Milwaukee’s Hounds Tooth is an exciting recording with a sensibility that should be heeded by many bands trying to push the edge.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Tonight @ Yield Bar - 10:00 PM

The local alternative-pop duo Fever Marlene will play an official release party for their sophomore album, White China, this Friday at the Turner Hall Ballroom, but fans hoping to hear a sampling of the disc can get their fix tonight at Yield Bar, when the group hosts a 10 p.m. listening party.
02.27.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Radio Milwaukee 88.9 announced the winners of its first "Milwaukee Music Awards" this morning. Winners were chosen by that station's staff�except for the Listener Choice Awards, obviously�and offer a fair representation of the local bands included in the station's playlist. Winners of the Milwaukee Music Awards: * Song of the Year (Urban) � �Bombs Away,� Element with J Todd ...
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008

To The Trees (BusStop Records)

Bringing an indie edge to their brand of alt country, Milwaukee’s Juniper Tar handle dreamy three-part-harmonies and weighty poetic license with an ease belying their debut-album status. Sleepy melodi- cism mixes with droning guitars in brooding, late-night trips of Americana.
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008

Plus: Welcome home, Carlton Thompson

"We aren’t a dance band, but we all like to dance,” drummer Michael Stewart says of his band, Fable and the World Flat. “We like music that makes you feel good. “We don’t just want audiences standing around with their arms crossed,” Stewart continues. “It’s a lot more fun when people are moving. We want to bring audiences that same feeling they’d get every time they hear the Jackson 5’s ‘I Want You Back.’” That’s an ambitious mission statement considering that Stewart’s band grounds its sound not in sunny indie-pop or uptempo electro-clash, but rather in the somber, jazzy indie-rock of turn-of-thecentury groups like Karate and Aloha, bands more likely to crush spirits than lift them.
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008

Colin O’Brien’s American journey

Colin O’Brien’s songs are timeless. Many of the numbers on his new CD, Dancing by the River, sound as if they lived in the ether for centuries, only to be channeled finally through his own imagination. “One of the biggest compliments I can get when I play is, ‘Did you write that song?’” he says. O’Brien has played in a variety of settings since the ’90s when he studied American finger style guitar at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, including with duos and a popular string band, Salt Creek. Lately, he’s been making a living as a soloist.
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008

Double Think

The dirty guitar tones of Milwaukee foursome Elusive Parallelograms provide the glue that holds together the group’s very promising first EP. From psychedelia to neo-new wave disco, they connect the dots surrounding punk for an audio snapshot of . . .

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